The universal call of “whosoever will” is the most amazing aspect of the gospel of salvation. This “whosoever will” includes you. It includes everyone and anyone. No one has ever been excluded, and no one ever will be excluded.
God’s universal call to whosoever will
The gospel call has always been the same from Adam and Eve after they sinned, to Abraham, to Moses, to Malachi, to you and me, and to everyone else who ever lives. “The heavens so declare the glory of God, and proclaim his wisdom, power, and goodness, that all ungodly men are left without excuse” (Matthew Henry Commentary).
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky displays what his hands have made. One day tells a story to the next. One night shares knowledge with the next without talking, without words, without their voices being heard. [Yet,] their sound has gone out into the entire world, their message to the ends of the earth. He has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun, which comes out of its chamber like a bridegroom. Like a champion, it is eager to run its course. (Psalm 19:1-5 GWT)
And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved, for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD promised, among the remnant called by the LORD. (Joel 2:32)
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17)
God’s present call to whosoever will
The universal call to whosoever is clearer and more available now than ever. The creation still speaks. Now, the message can be transmitted around the world in seconds. There is no excuse.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. (John 12:46)
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-13)
For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)
Warning against whosoever will ignore the call
Since the call has been universal from the first to last, from Adam and Eve to you, the penalty for ignoring the call can be universal too. There is no excuse. No one has ever been excluded, and no one ever will be excluded.
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18)
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36)
But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:33)
Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. (Mark 8:38)
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:26)
But whoever denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. (Luke 12:9)
Will you accept the call?
The message is clear. You cannot be neutral about the gospel any more than you can be neutral about Oxygen. The “whosoever will” includes you. You must choose. This is one of the most powerful reasons that I reject the false doctrine of Calvinism’s extreme predestination.
Instead, they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:16)
So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner. Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God. (2 Timothy 1:8)
For deeper study:
- What is the gospel?
- What is predestination? (Is it foreknowledge?)
- Do You Believe in the Total Depravity of Man?